Every year I check out the fall fashion with a special eye towards the coats, because coats and jackets are one of my favorite pieces to collect (naturally, this means I own way too many), and they’re relatively practical (at least that’s how I justify myself). Some of my favorite coats this year were the swing and a-line styles that showed up on many runways this past week.
These coats flare out from the shoulders down, and there were tons of variations on this basic theme – cropped at the waist, with bracelet length sleeves, big shawl collars, or extending to below to the knee. The last silhouette is particularly great for wearing over full skirts and dresses, as the coat will fit over the skirt nicely, and the shorter ones are best for pairing with narrow bottoms (skinny pants, pencil skirts, and the like). Also, coats that have 3/4 length or shorter sleeves will be fantastic with all the long gloves you’ll be wearing next fall.
These two very different coats by Richard Chai would both be great for next fall – the white one paired with jeans for everyday wear, and the royal blue with dressier looks (plus, that color would definitely pick up dull winter skin).
Again, two opposing looks – black, cropped, and leather versus white, long, and cashmere. This season, Y&Kei have coats for both sides of your personality.
Here’s two vibrant options – the houndstooth jacket is by Charles Nolan and the hot pink coat is Michon Shur. Neither one of these is meant for wallflowers, so wear them to bright gray winter days.
Some more subtle offerings from Calvin Klein (left) and Myself by Kai Kuhne (right). These would be chic everyday coats, and the neutral colors would make it very easy to mix it up with different accessories.
The jacket on the left is by Badgley Mischka, and it would be fabulous paired with narrow pants and boots. The gray tweed Thakoon number would be equally fabulous, but the overall look would be totally different.
More cobalt blue, this time from Jill Stuart – it’s definitely going to be a hot color come fall. The silver and white brocade is by Erin Fetherston, and with it’s metallic print and shawl collar it’s right on trend in more ways than one.
The coat on the left is by Lela Rose and is really more of a cape, but the overall shape still fits the bill. The black jacket by Tracy Reese on the right is yet another excellent basic piece. Whatever style you prefer, there’ll be more than enough swing coats to choose from next fall.
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